Better Plants helps partners access other valuable DOE technical assistance programs that can expand and enhance their energy efficiency efforts. By working with their Technical Account Manager, partners can receive guidance for how to access no-cost energy and water assessments, hire top industry trained students, learn more about DOE's Superior Energy Performance® Program, and get professional assistance on identifying opportunities for combined heating and power systems in their facilities.
Partners have access to no-cost energy assessments from DOE’s Industrial Assessment Centers. Teams at 28 universities around the country conduct the energy audits to identify opportunities to improve productivity, reduce waste, and save energy. To date IACs have provided more than 134,000 recommendations, resulting in more than 17,600 manufacturers benefiting from the program. The average IAC assessment leads to 5-7% implemented energy savings and productivity improvement.
Combined heat and power (CHP) is an efficient and clean approach to generating on-site electric power and useful thermal energy from a single fuel source. DOE’s CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAPs) are available to help identify CHP market opportunities through vendor, fuel, and technology neutral assessments of CHP viability. Additionally CHP TAPs help provide technical assistance to end-users and stakeholders considering CHP, and to help them through the project development process, from initial CHP screening to installation.
The U.S. Department of Energy's 50001 Ready program recognizes facilities and organizations that practice ISO 50001-based energy management. The program does not require any external audits or certifications, and is a self-paced, no-cost way for organizations to build a culture of structured energy improvement that leads to deeper and sustained savings. 50001 Ready partners with utilities and other organizations that support and facilitate the implementation of 50001 Ready energy management systems.
A growing number of Better Plants partners are taking advantage of DOE’s Superior Energy Performance® (SEP™) program to develop advanced energy management systems and verify their energy savings. SEP™ can provide facilities with guidance, tools, and protocols to drive deeper, more sustained savings from ISO 50001.
The U.S. Department of Energy's has funded five institutes as a part of Manufacturing USA, a government-wide initiative focused on coordinating public and private investment in emerging advanced manufacturing technologies. Manufacturing USA brings together industry, academia, and government partners to leverage existing resources, collaborate, and co-invest to advance manufacturing innovation and accelerate commercialization. Better Plants partners can directly benefit from these institutes by joining them as official members.To learn more about the individual institutes the Better Plants team has put together one-pagers for each of the institutes.